KANSAS CITY, Mo. —An American woman with ties to the Kansas City area has been freed without charge along with three others in an alleged plot to assassinate a Swedish cartoonist, Irish police said.
Jamie Paulin-Ramirez, 31, who grew up in eastern Jackson County and graduated from a Blue Springs high school, was among the seven people — including three Algerians, a Libyan, a Palestinian and a Croatian — who were arrested Tuesday in Ireland.
Irish police said three others who also were arrested remained in custody and were being questioned in the possible plot to kill cartoonist Lars Vilks over a 2007 sketch depicting the head of Prophet Muhammad on a dog's body.
The drawing insulted many Muslims and prompted al-Qaida in Iraq to offer a $100,000 bounty for Vilks' slaying.
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Also named in the case was Colleen LaRose, a Pennsylvania woman who authorities say went by the name "Jihad Jane" to recruit others online to kill the cartoonist.
Paulin-Ramirez's family in Leadville, Colo., and Independence, Mo., confirmed that she was the American woman being held in Ireland.
On Saturday night, Cindy Jones, Paulin-Ramirez's aunt in Independence, said her greatest concern will be to reunite Paulin-Ramirez's 6-year-old son, Christian Carreon, with the family.
"She's definitely been released," said George Mott, Paulin-Ramirez's stepfather.
Paulin-Ramirez took her son to Ireland, leaving her family without warning from her Leadville, Colo., home on Sept. 11, 2009.
Paulin-Ramirez told her family after she left in September that she went to Ireland with her son and married an Algerian whom she met online, according to Christine Mott, who is Paulin-Ramirez's mother and Cindy Jones' sister.
The family feared, Jones said, that Paulin-Ramirez had become radicalized online by Muslim terrorists.
"Jamie is a follower," Jones said Saturday night. "She's very intelligent. But she's very gullible."
Paulin-Ramirez grew up in eastern Jackson County. A Blue Springs High School class reunion Web site listed Jamie Holcomb as a member of the 1997 class. A few years after graduation, she moved to Colorado with her mother, Jones said.